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Leveling a Brookes with a spirit level

Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by Bigtallfatbloke, 21 Oct 2007.

  1. Bigtallfatbloke

    Bigtallfatbloke New Member

    I know that the saddle is 'supposed' to be level and that cyclist often use a spirit level to do this. I have a Brookes saddle which isnt flat across the top itself...so my question is, where do i place the spirit level on a brookes to get the correct position?

    If i place it on the front part (pointy bit) i get a totally different reading to when i place it on the wider bit (arse part)....which is correct?

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  2. John Ponting

    John Ponting Über Member

    Location:
    Herts
    Use a 'builders' level; lay it along the saddle front-back -- that'll be close enough.

    or write a new label 'here (c)' where your sit bones go and level A - C.

    Or stand a teacup saucer on the bit where your bum goes, pour some water in the saucer and adjust saddle until water is level.


    btw do make sure the ground is level before you start.:rolleyes:
     
  3. Bigtallfatbloke

    Bigtallfatbloke New Member

    ..i've been using a short level...oops...thanks for helping
     
  4. Bigtallfatbloke

    Bigtallfatbloke New Member

    ok I borrowed next doors spirit level and it works fine. Ta.
     
  5. John Ponting

    John Ponting Über Member

    Location:
    Herts
    Have you tried the bike with the new level saddle? Does it feel any better?
     
  6. Zoiders

    Zoiders New Member

    Location:
    Ice Station Zebra
    Never bothered with one my self

    There are that many different saddle profiles, brooks must change in shape as they wear in as well

    If it looks right

    It probably is right

    As the old engineering maxim goes...
     
  7. Elmer Fudd

    Elmer Fudd Miserable Old Bar Steward

    If it ain't broke, take it apart, so when it is broke you will know what it should look like ??
     
  8. Bigtallfatbloke

    Bigtallfatbloke New Member

    yes it feels a little better....I am inclined to shift my backside rearwards a lot less as the saddle was down at the front. I havent been out today (rest day) but will terst it out on a long ride tomorrow
     
  9. sloe

    sloe New Member

    Location:
    Banffshire
    You could just look at it against a background of something horizontal.

    Mine's a good bit up at the nose, has to be , the shape it's gone into. And I find if I tuck in my stomach muscles (it becomes unconsciuous) slightly it keeps my tubes from crushing and keeps a bit of weight off the bars. Probably good for the six-pack too.
     
  10. Bigtallfatbloke

    Bigtallfatbloke New Member

    ...the test tomorrow will be (as always) the degree to which i can feel my nutz after a ride
     
  11. Pete

    Pete Guest

    Trial and error. Take an allen key* out with you, next time you go on a leisurely ride, and get ready for a few stops for adjustments... if it feels right, you've probably got it right. Everyone is different.

    *in fact, you should always have a set of allen keys with you on the ride, anyway...
     
  12. NickM

    NickM Über Member

    Saddles are terrible things. I try to avoid using one whenever possible.
     
  13. Abitrary

    Abitrary New Member

    If you're not a lithe whippet, I'd be wary about putting 299 stones on a little horse saddle.

    Get a plastic cutaway specialised job, the BG ones, i have one and it, er, doesn't worry me so much in that department

    BTFB, you are here for a reason, and that is to reproduce, I don't know why I just reedited and said that btw
     
  14. Crackle

    Crackle Pah Staff Member

    Location:
    Wirral
    Now that is a collection of saddles !!
     
  15. punkypossum

    punkypossum Donut Devil


    Fab link, my saddle suddenly seems very boring! xx(